Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-60804
de Jong, W (2011). Securing Intergenerational Kin Relationships and a House of One's Own: Muslims' Ways of Ageing Well in Kerala, India. Anthropology in Action, 18(3):10-20.
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The author explores trajectories of creating well-being with regard to old age in a poor Muslim community in Kerala, India. Theoretically, she draws on the nonstate-led concept of 'inclusive social security' and links it with the anthropology of the house. In doing so she takes approaches of 'making' kinship, gender, age as well as citizenship into account. Care and respect for the elderly result from strong but gendered intergenerational kin relationships in and around the house, which they establish for a large part themselves. Governmental and civil provisions play an enabling or supplementary role. Elderly women, particularly widows, benefit from property relationships that are less gendered. Surprisingly, there is a remarkable tendency of creating house ownership, and thus of bargaining power, for women in this community. It is suggested that this is effected by a combination of Muslim inheritance rules, recent dowry-giving practices and Kerala's matrilineal history.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Social Anthropology|
|DDC:||390 Customs, etiquette & folklore|
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
|Deposited On:||21 Mar 2012 17:57|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 17:15|
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